Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, also known as “Zunar”, is facing nine simultaneous charges over tweets in February 2015 criticizing the judiciary.

If Zunar is convicted of more than one charge, he is likely to face a long term custodial sentence.

He has been charged under the Sedition Act, a colonial-era law that clamps down on freedom of expression under the guise of protecting national security and deterring racial or religious unrest.

Zunar has already been detained under this law, most recently in November, and five of his cartoon books have been banned by the Malaysian Government on the grounds that their content is “detrimental to public order”.

As a vocal critic of the government while at home and overseas, Zunar has also been banned from travelling as of October. This was something he was freely able to do, even after being charged. No lawful reason has been given.

This is unacceptable. Ask the Malaysian authorities to drop the charges against Zunar and to repeal the laws which restrict the right to freedom of expression.

Update 14/12/16: Zunar’s application to challenge the constitutionality of his sedition charges has been successful and the Sessions Court is due to hear his case on 24 January. Please keep calling for all charges against Zunar to be dropped!

Thank you!

UPDATE 08/12/17: This action is now closed. Over the course of the two years this action has been live, over 18,000 emails have been sent to Malaysian authorities. Zunar remains free while court decisions are pending.

We will continue to monitor his case. Thank you to everyone who took action.

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Dear Prime Minister,

I call on you to drop, immediately, the charges brought against Zunar for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression.

I urge you to ensure that Zunar and those working with him are not subjected to any form of restriction or harassment for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression.

I call on the Malaysian authorities to repeal the Sedition Act and any other laws which restrict the right to freedom of expression, and to comply with international human rights law and standards.

Yours sincerely,

Stand with Zunar